It is all too easy for people to go into shut-down when the dreaded ‘R’ word is mentioned, but this will do more harm than good. There are so many candidates on the market just now, it has never been so important to be pro active when looking for a job. As soon as you hear the mention of job cuts, it is essential to start making plans towards this, so you are already under way with your search.
Instead of simply sending off the same CV for every job, it is important to adapt it to the specific role you are applying for. This also means transferring skills over from your most recent job, to suit the new role. In addition to this, you need to be willing to look at other roles, rather than being very specific about what you are looking for. Not only will it keep the money coming in, it will always ensure you don’t have unattractive gaps in your employment.
A good network of people is an essential way of improving job prospects. You’ll be surprised at how quickly new doors can open if you start speaking to as many people as possible, from all walks of life.
A positive mental attitude is key to gaining new employment. It can be difficult to keep positive when you receive rejection letters, but an enthusiastic persona will shine through to prospective employers. Don’t worry about your age either, a passionate attitude is much more important.
Instead of viewing redundancy as a negative, take it as a chance to explore new paths.
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